An explanation for the failure of Premier League giants Manchester United to afford a squad number to new signing Rasmus Hojlund has been provided on Sunday evening.
The name of frontman Hojlund has of course taken its place centre stage in the headlines on the red half of Manchester across the week to date.
This comes after United’s long-standing efforts to bring the Danish international to Old Trafford at long last bore fruit.
Hojlund, on Saturday, put pen to paper on a long-term contract with Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils, in a deal worth a fee with the potential to rise to €85 million.
So, as fans prepare to purchase jerseys with his name emblazoned across the back, why has the latest addition to United’s ranks not yet been handed a jersey number at the Theatre of Dreams?
Well, as alluded to above, an insight into precisely that has been forthcoming late on Sunday.
The info comes by way of Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail, who reports that:
‘United are working on a number of deals and want to wait until they have a clearer picture of their squad before committing to shirt numbers’.
This comes amid further suggestions that the sale of out-of-favour midfielder Fred could see Hojlund inherit the no.17 shirt.